EHang has teamed up with Azerbaijan Airlines to set up a command-and-control centre for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Azerbaijan.

The command-and-control centre will aid the country’s air navigation services provider Azerbaijan Air Navigation Services (AZANS) to tackle UAV traffic.

The autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company EHang noted that the control centre will be fully integrated with Azerbaijan’s air traffic control system.

The centre will use 3D mapping and terrain scanning technology to aid aerial navigation map development and support airfield design.

EHang also plans to set up a future web application that will include UAV and pilot registration information, certification documents and permissions for flight procedures.

The company will be responsible for the training of UAV specialists at the National Academy of Aviation of Azerbaijan and will also build a UAV management simulator complex.

EHang founder, chairman and CEO Huazhi Hu said: “UAVs represent a significant opportunity to optimise airport operations, but it is important to launch them into the right infrastructural framework.

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“Our command-and-control centre enables the seamless integration of new aerial mobility options into existing air traffic patterns, and we are excited to partner with AZANS on this project, which paves the way for future partnerships with aviation authorities globally.”

In July, Heydar Aliyev International Airport became the first airport in the world to completely switch to Cloud technologies.